#metoo The Social Media Hashtag Providing A Platform For Victims

#metoo The Social Media Hashtag Providing A Platform For Victims

Actress Alyssa Milano sparked a huge debate and outpouring of on social media when she tweeted on Monday requested girls and women who have been victims of sexual harassment or assault to speak up with the hashtag #MeToo. These two simply words became a rallying cry on twitter to showcase support to the many victims of sexual assault and harassment around the world. Social media was flooded with victims of all ages speaking up about the various different instances of sexual harassment or assault each have faced over the years, sometimes multiple times. If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017 The intensity of the problem was underscored by the avalanche of painful stories that came to the fore, with victims from all backgrounds channeling long-suppressed rage, pain and hurt, and sharing it with the world. In a short amount of time, women from all across the globe had joined hands, shared their painful experiences and provided strength and support to one another through the strong support circle that is continuously evolving and growing into a strong support movement to encompass more and more people from all genders and backgrounds. Even celebrities joined in on the cataclysmic social media campaign in response to Milano’s prompt, speaking up about their own personal experiences to raise awareness about how common sexual harassment and assault really is. Here are just some of the millions of tweets that surfaced in response to Milano’s prompting: when i was a little girl i was told “you’re lucky you’re so unattractive,...
SOC’s “A GIRL IN THE RIVER” WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY AT EMMY’S

SOC’s “A GIRL IN THE RIVER” WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY AT EMMY’S

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s “A Girl In The River” won best documentary award at the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards held in New York City on Thursday. The story of a young girl who survives an attempt at honor killing beat out four other PBS documentaries, including Children of Syria, Welcome to Leith, Thank You for Playing, and The Look of Silence.  The two-time Oscar Winner tweeted the good news to her fans and the international community.     In her acceptance speech, Sharmeen talked about the exceptional courage of the young girl who was the subject of her award winning documentary, A Girl In The River. “A seventeen-year-old girl had the bravery to stand up and the commitment to fight a system. A law was passed in Pakistan (because of it) and you had newspapers and television channels reporting on honor killings in a different way. So it only the commitment of one single person to do that.” The documentary was previously also nominated in two other categories in this year’s Emmy Awards: Outstanding Short Documentary, and Outstanding Music and Sound. In 2016, it earned Sharmeen her Second Best Documentary Short Oscar, soon after she won Pakistan’s First Academy Award for Saving Face in 2012....
SAUDI ARABIA TO ALLOW WOMEN TO DRIVE: 2018

SAUDI ARABIA TO ALLOW WOMEN TO DRIVE: 2018

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of oppression frequently related to the kingdom. According to the Saudi Press Agency, government ministries are to prepare reports within 30 days, and the order will go into effect by June 2018. The royal decree was announced live on state television, while a similar media event was simultaneously taking place in Washington. Saudi Arabia is the only country is the world that forbids women from driving. Under the current system, only men are allowed to drive inside the kingdom. Numerous women who have campaigned against this law over the past few years have been either arrested or heavily fined. The Kingdom’s leadership hopes that the new law, once implemented, will help improve their image around the global, while simultaneously further encourage women to join the workforce. The current law forces Saudi women to hire drivers, or be driven around by their male relatives. The Kingdom’s US Ambassador, Prince Khaled bin Salman, referred to the decision as “an historic and big day” and said it was, “the right decision at the right time.” He further confirmed that women will not be required to take permission from their male guardians to take driving lessons, and would be able to drive anywhere they liked. While the Ambassador insisted that the decision would not be reversed or seriously opposed, some are not so sure. Given its strict guardianship laws that give men power over their female relatives, this is a huge step for Saudi Arabia. The guardianship laws prevent women...
MENSTRUAL MYTHS DEBUNKED

MENSTRUAL MYTHS DEBUNKED

For years, menstruating women have been linked to numerous superstitions; which vary from idiotic to outright bizarre, depending on the geographical location and respective culture they hail from. A taboo topic in most societies, it is considered as both a curse and a divine gift in many places. Historically, menstruating women have been regarded with deep suspicion and even outright fear. They have been banished for the entirety of the menstruating week from the house, forbidden to step into the kitchen or praying area(s), prohibited from touching food for fear of turning it impure and sometimes even prevented from coming into contact with any household member for the duration of their period week. In some historic cultures, menstrual blood was considered sacred and very powerful. In the traditions of the Cherokee, menstrual blood was considered to be the main source of feminine strength, and it was said that it had the power to destroy enemies. Mayan mythology dictated that menstruation was the punishment women faced for breaking the social rules governing marital alliance.  In Africa, to this day, menstrual blood is used in creating some of the most powerful black magic. While advancement in science has now allowed society to finally understand the complex nature of the human anatomy which is responsible for the monthly ovulation resulting in menstruation, knowledge does not so easily replace folklore and suspicion. Even today, menstruating women are treated differently from others – even in educated households that should know better. The myths and superstitions surrounding menstruation are given below: A menstruating woman will “contaminate” food In many parts of the world, the belief...
WOMEN’S MARCH: 21st JAN 2017

WOMEN’S MARCH: 21st JAN 2017

The day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, hundreds of thousands of people marched in protest. What started as a Women’s March in Washington, spread to different corners of the world; with people coming out to protest in solidarity (and against Donald Trump) in several cities around the globe, including Paris, Sydney, London, and even different parts of India. As many as a million people took part in the main march in Washington,DC, four times the initial expectations.  Worldwide, more than 670 “sister” marches took place. According to the organizers, more than two million people participated in USA alone. Unlike President Trump’s inauguration, the marches attracted a host of celebrities including Madonna, America Ferrera, Gloria Steinberg and Sir Ian McKellen. who came out to show their support. Social media platforms exploded, with some even live streaming the marches from on ground. The Women’s March on Saturday brought together the citizens of USA and the world like never before; regardless of age, religion, race, or creed. While exact counts were impossible due to the large numbers of people that had come out onto the streets, estimates show mind-boggling numbers. LAPD spokesman Andrew Neiman said that while his department was still working on a crowd estimate, he told AFP that the Women’s March was certainly larger than a pro-immigration march that drew 500,000 in 2006. The Los Angeles March organizers claimed that the turnout equaled 750,000 people. March organizers in New York claimed that half a million people showed up on the streets to protest, tweeting:  “This is what democracy looks like! Over 500k...